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Alan Ginter

Lessons On:
String/Electric Bass, Violin, Viola, Cello, Percussion, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxaphone, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone Horn, Baritone Tuba, Music Theory

Starting in 1960,  Alan served in “house  bands”  in resort  hotels in and around New York City, especially  in the Catskill  Mountain resorts north of New  York  City.   For 14 years, in this capacity,  he  backed up many of  the biggest names in show  business on stage, on television,  and in  recording studios.    The  list  of  names  with which  Alan  has been associated during these  years could  fill a book  - from  the 2nd  Avenue Yiddish theater, Broadway,  and  Big  Band  Era  performers to  radio,  television,  and  recording  artists.   In 1973 he was on the staff of the Columbia Recording Studio in Manhattan.  

While living in Phoenix, Arizona in 1976,  Alan had the opportunity to play an extended concert  tour of  Hawaii  and  throughout  Japan  for  Warner  Brothers with Eiko Shuri,  her big band, and dance troupe.  At that time, she was the biggest Japanese pop star in the world.    The  tour  resulted  in  a  best  selling  live  double  album  on  Warner  Brothers’ Pioneer label.

After  moving  to  California  in  1977,  he  played  with  many  well  known  jazz  musicians including  Mose  Allison,  Eddie  Harris,  Buddy  Collette,  Zoot  Sims,  Bud  Shank,  Shorty Rodgers,  Vince  Herring,  Art  Van  Dam,  Rob McConnell,  Lad  McIntosh,  Joe  Albany,  and Diane  Reeves.   He  was also Musical Director for the Drifters, The  Kingsman,  Herman’s Hermits,  and Little Anthony and the Imperials.   He led a succession of  his own groups playing  a  wide  variety of  musical  styles,  and  was  a  featured performer for 9  years  at the Sacramento International Jazz Festival.

Alan  has been  featured  on  leading  television and  radio  shows  in  Japan,  England,  the United  States,  Bolivia,  Turkey,  Canada,  and  Austria.  In  California,  he  was  a  regular featured  player  on  “The  Morriss  Taylor  Show”,  a  weekly  syndicated  Country  Western show  seen  in  17  cities throughout  the  U.S.,  Alaska,  Hawaii,  and  Panama  on  the  CBS network.  As a Country musician, he toured in 1982 on the same bill as Conway Twitty, Wyvon  Alexander,  Doc  Watson,  The  Limelighters,  and  played  with  the  best-selling Bluegrass band, the 8th Avenue String Band. 

In  Northern  California,  Alan  served  as  Principal  String  Bass  in  three  symphony orchestras  and  The  Sierra  Nevada  Camerata,  a  Baroque  Chamber Ensemble.   In  Santa Cruz,  Bolivia,  he  was co-founder of  the  Santa  Cruz  Philharmonic Orchestra  where  he also served as Musical Director and Principal String Bass.

Alan  received  his  Master’s  Degree  in  Music  (1991),  Bachelor  of  Arts  (Music)  Degree (1987),  and  California  Teaching  Credential  (1988)  from  California  State  University, Chico  where  he  attended  on  a  full  Music  Scholarship.    He  received  his  Bachelor  of Science Degree (Journalism, Radio-Television-Film Production) from Temple University, Philadelphia  (1970).  Alan  received  additional  training  in  England  at  Cambridge University and St. Paul’s Cathedral (1995), Frankfurt, Germany (1997),  and Westminster Choir College (1997).

Alan  was  Music  Coordinator  at  TED  Ankara  College  in  Ankara,  Turkey,  an  old  and prestigious  school,  where  he  coordinated  the  curriculum  and  eforts  of  12  music teachers  and  6,000  students.    Alan  was  recruited  by  TED  College  to  write  a  revised national  K-12  music  curriculum.   His curriculum  was adopted  by the  Turkish Ministry of Education in 2002  and TED  College  served as  the  demonstration  school.   He spent the  previous  5  years  at  the  Bilkent  University  Preparatory  School  in  Ankara,  Turkey where  he  was  Head  of  the  Music  Department  and  Band  Director,  and  taught instrumental  music,  advanced theory, composition,  and music history,  also conducting the  Concert  Bands and  Jazz  Ensembles.   He has been featured several times as guest conductor  at  the  Music  Academy  of  the  Turkish  Armed  Forces.    Alan  was  also appointed  by  the  Sevda-Cenap  Music  Foundation  as  Director  of  the  first-ever  Rural Village Band Program in Turkey.  With translation and technical support from musicians at  the  Music  Academy  of  the  Turkish  Armed  Forces,  and  the  financial  support  of  the Music Foundation, Alan introduced an instrumental music program to the economically depressed village of Akyürt, outside of Ankara.

Prior  to  Turkey  he  was  in  Santa  Cruz,  Bolivia,  teaching  and  developing  a  music curriculum  for  the  school  district.   Before  Bolivia,  he  served  for  5  years  as  Head  of Music,  Music  Teacher,  and  Band  and  Choir  Director  for  the  Palermo  Unified  School District  in Northern California.   He  has been an adjunct faculty member at the College of  Music,  California  State  University,  Chico,  California  and  at  Lake  Tahoe  Community College.    Alan  has  repeatedly  presented  his  students  at  International  Festivals  in Geneva,  London,  Düsseldorf,  The  Hague,  Berlin,  and  Vienna.    In  1998  he  was  the Director/Conductor of  the International  Honor Student  Jazz  Band  in the  Hague  and in 2000  he  was  a  guest  clinician  at  the  International  Middle  and  High  School  Honor Orchestra Festival in Vienna.

When he  lived in Turkey,  Alan was featured in the  Ankara  International  Music Festival, with several  recordings to  his credit  as well  as  many television  and radio broadcasts. Alan’s was the house band at the Ankara Hilton and was the  band of choice for events at  embassies  and  the  U.N  Headquarters  in  Ankara.    He  led  several  groups  that performed  a  wide  variety  of music  and  he  concertized in  and  around  Ankara,  Turkey and  in  Europe  with  Joe  Lee  Wilson,  Ethel  Ennis,  Kirk  Lightsey,  Tuna  Ötenel,  Özdemir Erdogan, Janusz Szprot, Elly Wright (Vienna), Guido Silipo (Rome), Marek Bulata (Krakow) and  fronted  his  own  Rhythm  and  Blues  band,  “Mr.  Alan  Ginter  and the  Soul Brothers”.  In May, 1998, National Austrian Radio recorded Alan in Vienna with Elly Wright and a band of International Jazz All-Stars on a compilation CD of a series of live concerts while on tour in Austria.   Alan’s career was featured in an article  published in Jazz  Magazine in  Istanbul (January,  2000).   He  also  performed  and taught  at festivals and  clinics  in  Europe  and  had  been  on  the  staf  at  the  Summer  Jazz  Workshop  in Pulawe, Poland on and of since 1997.   Since 2001, he  has toured and performed with Filipino Pop Stars, Pops Fernandez, Aiai Delas Alas, Robin Padillo and many others, Cab Calloway’s Band, and Jef Leep’s Bands in Reno.  

Alan  served  most  recently  as  Band  and  Orchestra  Director  at  Jesuit  High  School  of Sacramento.    His  students  have  been  featured  in  honor  bands  and  festivals  all  over Northern  California  and  Nevada.    Alan’s  Symphonic  Band  was  the  only  school  band invited  to  perform  on  the  capital  steps  at  the  inauguration  of  Governor  Arnold Schwarzenegger.    He  was  the  Director  of  the  Sacramento  Youth  Symphony  Jazz Program’s  Big  Band  and  Lab  Band  in  it’s  first  year;  the  Youth  Symphony  is  a  very prestigious academy well  into it’s  50th year.    Alan  has also  presented  clinics  on  Jazz Performance to the California Music Educator’s Conference.   Since  retiring  from  Jesuit High, Alan has been concentrating on his private teaching practice, writing, recording , and working to develop his own ideas into a flexible music curriculum for elementary, charter, and private school teachers, and for independent study students.  He performs regularly  with  the  Alan  Ginter  Trio  as  well  as  free-lancing    throughout    Northern California.

“As far as I am concerned, there are only two kinds of music:  that which is played well  and  that  which  is  played  badly.    I  also  learned  early  in  my  career  that everybody  needs a  bass player.  Music is  my  life and  if there was  an  opportunity available  to  me  I  went  for  it  and  performed  it  as  authentically  as  possible regardless  of  the  style  or  genre.    Singing  and  teaching  seemed  a  natural outgrowth  of  my  career  as  a  musician  and  performer”.    (Turkish  Daily  News Interview May, 1997)

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